Need suggestions for new rubber.

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  1. havcar

    havcar New Member

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    Sorry Marrib, I was meaning that I had M3's sitting in my garage. They're definitely great tires; a lot of usable lean. I can't speak to the Pirelli's longevity.
     
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    For what ou are asking in the original question that you are mostly slabbing it, i woukd think the shinkos or michelin pilot roads. The pilot roads cost more but will last a long time. If and when you ecer decide to tour some back roads they will be there for you. You sould be paying $30 a wheel with the wheels off the bike. Wheels on the bike give them an excuse to rape you good.
     
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    ..and even then, $150 goes beyond a standard raping. Taking my bike intact to the dealership costs $45 per, or $80 if you do both at the same time - $30 per if you bring in just the wheel. That's about what everyone in town charges, $150 would put a mechanic out of business in no time around here.

    Sorry Alex, probably not info you want to hear.
     
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    On of the local dealers charges $85 rear and $45 front whith wheels on.
    Which is funny cause the rear on a vfr is cake.

    I do my own tires now.
     
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    At those rates, I would too. A person would break even on the needed equipment very quickly. I can't believe that, what I assume is a Honda dealership, would have the audacity to charge $85 for a single sided swingarm, whats it take- two minutes to remove the rear.
     
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    Hearing all you guys say how badly i'll be getting ripped off makes me want to mount the tires myself hmmm....how hard would this be anyone have any tips? Of course I would bring them in for balancing afterwards, what is a typical balancing fee if the tires are mounted already?
     
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    Motorcycle Wheel Balancing Stand

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    hundreds of youtube videos available for your amusement. This guy has style.
    [video=youtube;_0s2NzImDhA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0s2NzImDhA[/video]
     
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    i have just done this myself and i have gone for the AVON storm 2 ultra's because of the wet handling reviews and also a lot of people in the UK getting about 8000 miles out of a rear even riding " briskly on b-roads " i dont know if they are available where you are but they are worth a look. obviously the Michelin is the market leader for a reason but is that the right tyre for you? only you can answer that. the worst that can happen is you try a different one next time and learn from your choices.
     
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    search for "how to mount and balance a rear tire" the search box is at top right. you should see a thread I did years ago that is step by step with pictures. I was brnad new at it, so it'll give you an idea of what it entails...
     
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    Derby cycles has PR2's at $236 a set. FYI
     
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    Thanks for the link, i checked it out...Big fan of yoru expensive bead breaker lol. I dont have a balancer so I might still have to pay to get that done unless someone knows a jersey guy with a balancer to help me out.
     
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    Get some tire irons (look at my gallery), a wheel balance stand from Habor Freight $65 , something to break bead.
    Go to you tube and Watch this video. YouTube - Mounting a Motorcycle Tire then search for other videos from scudman.

    If you need a bead breaker get the tire changer base from Harbor Freight $45

    When you order your tires, get some 1/4 oz weights and a valve removal tool.

    Save a few laundry detergent bottles and cut the sides out. Use windex or rubbing alcohol for lube since it evaporates unlike silicone.

    Im changing mine soon and hope to have videos for the group
     
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    Thanks guys for all the help, i'm starting to feel more comfortable about doing all of this myself. While doing some research on balancing the tires i came across a product called Dyna Beads ( Tire Balancing Products ). Seems like genius idea and works by dynamically balancing your tire by placing tiny ceramic beads inside. Anyone hear of this or had any luck with it?
     
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    I ran M3's last year on my FZ1 and I trashed them by 3000 miles and was changing them by the middle of June. Hands down killer tire but did'nt last on the 1000. I have a set of Perrelli Angel ST's I'll be mounting soon and hoping to get an entire riding season. Kristin LOVES the Batlax on her gen 3, but there are gonna need replaceing real soon once the snow and ice ends. Pilots are my first choice for her bike know but wanna wait till I put the Angel's to the pavement to change her's.
     
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    This knucklehead works with me Pliskin... First two bikes in the lot last season.
     
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    Beads. We be trolling?
     
  19. Pliskin

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    He works with you??? So why the hell don't you just help him with his tires? I'm guessing because you don't want to wack yourself in the forehead with a 2 X 4 again.

    Anyway, my garage is always open. I don't have the tools for tire R&R or balancing, but I do have tools. Several big fucking hammers and a crowbar ought to get that tire off.

    Give me call, DenT. Time to go riding soon.
     
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    I put Shinko Ravens on my Hayabusa a while back and was so impressed that I fitted a set to my Blackbird about 2 months back and I am equally impressed, so it didn't take much thought for me to decide on the type of tire for my '99 VFR. Got them again from Pinwheel on eBay, same as the previous sets, $175 per pair delivered. Just got them fitted this morning, can't wait to get out and give them a spin tomorrow!

    I know tires are always a major discussion point but I can absolutely vouch for the Raven's from my personal experience. I like them about the same as the Metzeler M3s (but the Ravens last much longer), they are more predictable than the Bridgestone BT056s I had on the 'busa and they are night and day better then the Pilot Powers that both my CBR1100xx and VFR800 came with.

    Just my 2c
     
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